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Sunday, March 18, 2007

hip tranquil chick #75: making changes

Bonjour! Welcome to the 75th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat. Produced from the Pink Palace.

Today’s podcast is an interview on making changes with Dr. Leigh Ann Simmons, topped of a pose of the podcast, a look of the podcast, insights on upcoming events, and groovy podsafe music! View our shownotes at

Dr. Leigh Ann Simmons is a professor, writer, yogini, advocate, and mentor living in Lexington, KY. She holds a Ph.D. in child and family development, a master's degree in family therapy, and a B.A. in literature/writing. She is an assistant professor of family studies and health services management at the University of Kentucky, where she studies women's health. She has published and presented nationally and internationally in the areas of behavioral health and health decision-making, the psychological well-being of women, the effects of poverty on health status, and mental health care policy. Leigh Ann has earned national recognition for her research and serves in a number of leadership positions in national organizations, including the American Public Health Association and the American Association for Family & Consumer Sciences. A former Congressional fellow in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Leigh Ann is actively engaged in promoting policies that improve the health and well-being of women and their families.

In her spare time, Leigh Ann serves as a mentor for Girls in Science/Girls in Research, a program designed for underserved girls who want to pursue careers in science and medicine. She teaches yoga at Barefoot Works, the only green yoga studio in Kentucky. Leigh Ann is co-host with her husband, David Wescott, of Smart Blog Talk, a weekly talk radio show that examines culture, new media, current events, and more, which premiers next month. She is also currently at work on her first novel. Leigh Ann's remaining passions include her chocolate labs Hershey and Baci, 70% dark chocolate, tennis, fine red wine, and curling up with a good book.

Pose of the Podcast: Baddha konasana

Look of the Podcast: Jumpsuit

Haute Stuff Shoppe: Shop online for the book, CD, leopard print scarf, or crystal tee.

Community Corner: Let me know what fun hip and tranquil events around the book and/or philosophy you have going on and I’ll share them here. Check out our new forum, desktop and ecards on our connect page!

Soirees, Chats, Booksignings & Retreats:

Bloom Into Spring Le Chic Teleclass Chat - Join us to learn:
  • My fave tranquility-invokers
  • Creative steps for blossoming this spring
  • How to create an action plan to move forward
  • Ways to ensure self-care along the way
  • Chic and comfy spring trends (including a TranquiliT discount code)
  • Yoga poses to assist your journey
We’ll focus on small steps to begin moving in the direction of your hip and tranquil dreams. The fun will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 8:30pm EST (7:30 CST, 6:30 MST, 5:30 PST). The fee for this class is $29. You can add on a “boost” for a 1-hour 1:1 mentoring session for a total of $150. To reserve your spot, sign up online.

Denver gals - workshops and book signing at Omtime in April.

All gals - Escape with me and like-minded women at our first HTC retreat in upstate NY in June and our first international excursion in Costa Rica in September. Details for all special events at

Au Revoir: Share your hip tranquil chickness with me, request show ideas, or pass along feedback by e-mailing me at A reminder that we’re on MySpace and Frappr, so please connect with the community virtually there, too!

Have a burning question that you’d like hip and tranquil feedback on? E-mail me at to have it featured and answered in our dear hip tranquil chick segment found on the blog.

To close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music by new and independent artists from Podsafe Music Network. Today’s selection is Hypno by Artemis. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of their music at

Thanks for joining me for the 75th edition of the HTC podcast.

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